Megan & Alexi's Quirky Carmel Wedding at Mission Ranch

January 27, 2023 Weddings

Welcome to the quaint and quirky world of Megan and Alexi's Mission Ranch wedding! This young and fun-loving couple tied the knot at the picturesque location of Mission Ranch in Carmel, where Megan spent many childhood vacations and fell in love with the sheep that call the ranch home. With a keen eye for detail and a love of all things unique, Megan and Alexi worked the sheep into their special day in the most creative of ways. From rustic farmhouse charm to whimsical and delightful surprises, their wedding was a true reflection of their personalities and style. Join us as we take a journey through all of the enchanting moments of this one-of-a-kind celebration.

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As the clock ticked closer to the ceremony, Megan and her immediate family retreated to one of the charming cabins at Mission Ranch for a peaceful and intimate moment of getting ready. The rustic cabin, with its cozy atmosphere, provided the perfect setting for Megan to slip into her beautiful one-of-a-kind wedding dress and unique shoes, surrounded by the love and support of her family.

The photographs captured the intricate details of her bridal details, the beautiful dress, the unique shoes, and her wedding rings, showcasing the beauty and elegance of her look. The candid moments of her mother helping her into her dress and her sister lacing up her shoes show the bond between family members and the special moments shared among them.

Finally, as Megan was ready, the portraits were captured of her with the beautiful view of Mission Ranch as a background. The ranch's natural beauty serves as the perfect backdrop for Megan's rustic-chic look.

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While Megan was getting ready in one of the charming cabins, Alexi and his best man were getting ready in a different cabin, preparing for the big day ahead. With his best man by his side, Alexi got dressed in his dashing blue paisley bowtie, adding the final touch to his unique and stylish look. The photos captured the bond between the two friends and the moments of laughter and camaraderie as they prepared for the ceremony.

As the preparations came to a close, the photographer took some stunning portraits of the groom. The shots showcase Alexi's unique style, his personality, and his excitement for the day ahead.

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The grassy lawn overlooking the iconic sheep's grazing area with spectacular views of Carmel was the perfect spot for the couple to exchange their vows. As I arrived, I couldn't help but notice the unique touches the couple had added to the decor. A sign welcoming guests to the ceremony featured two adorable sheep, a nod to the venue's well-known inhabitants. The sheep could be seen in the background, enjoying the sunshine and grass, adding a playful touch to the ceremony.


A family member officiated the ceremony, adding a personal touch to the proceedings. The bride's grandma also did a reading, adding to the intimate atmosphere. One of the ceremony's highlights was when the couple realized they had both forgotten their vows, but the officiant had a copy for them to use. It was a moment that had everyone laughing and helped to ease any nerves.


If you're a young engaged couple looking for a wedding photographer in the Monterey and Santa Cruz area, I highly recommend considering Carmel Mission Ranch as your venue. The views and unique atmosphere provide the perfect setting for a truly special and memorable day.

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As the sun began to set, I suggested to the newlyweds that we take some portraits with the iconic sheep and the beautiful landscape. The couple was all for it and couldn't stop smiling and laughing as we walked around the beautiful property, finding the perfect spots for pictures. The sheep added a unique touch to the portraits, and the beautiful landscape provided the perfect backdrop. The couple was clearly in love and so happy to be married, making it a joy to capture their joy and love. The pictures turned out beautiful and are a beautiful reminder of their special day.

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As guests arrived at the reception, they were greeted by a charming welcome sign at the entrance. The couple had also incorporated a unique wedding favor idea - tiny pots of succulents for guests to take home. I thought this was a lovely touch and something a bit different from the usual wedding favors.


The reception hall was stunning, with its chandeliers and scenic views. The flowers were beautiful, with a mix of blues and pinks amongst the greenery. The couple had also thoughtfully incorporated the sheep theme into the decor, with little plastic sheep holding the table numbers and even appearing on the menu. The blue striped napkins looked lovely with the place setting and complemented the theme perfectly.


The cake was a simple yet elegant white cake decorated with fresh flowers. It looked as good as it tasted, and I couldn't resist trying a slice. Overall, the reception decor was thoughtful, unique, and beautiful, it was an absolute pleasure to photograph.

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The reception was a lively and joyous affair, filled with laughter, dancing, and lots of happy memories. The couple had chosen a delicious menu that was enjoyed by all, and the drinks flowed freely. The couple had their first dance as husband and wife to a slow romantic song that was a beautiful moment to capture. The guests were also invited to join the dance floor, and everyone had a great time. The dance floor was packed with people of all ages, from grandparents to little kids.


One of the highlights of the reception was the speeches, the father of the bride and the gather of the groom, as well as the best man all had everyone laughing and crying with their heartfelt speeches. Seeing how much love and support the couple had from their family and friends was beautiful. Overall, it was a wonderful reception filled with love, laughter, and happy memories. I was honored to be there to capture it all, and I wish the couple all the happiness in the world as they start their new life together.

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As the night came to an end, the couple made their grand exit in a shower of bubbles. Instead of the traditional sparklers, they decided to go for something a little different, and it was a beautiful sight. The guests blew bubbles as the couple walked hand in hand, smiling and laughing as they made their way to their honeymoon cottage. It was a sweet and intimate moment that I was honored to capture.

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Overall, it was a beautiful and unforgettable wedding day. The couple's unique and unconventional plans made it a truly special event, and I was honored to be a part of it. The venue, Mission Ranch, was the perfect setting for the ceremony, with its stunning views and grazing sheep. The reception was filled with laughter, dancing, and lots of happy memories. The couple's hard work and attention to detail really paid off, and it was evident in every aspect of the day.


I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to the couple for allowing me to capture these special moments for them. I also want to thank the vendors who helped make the day so magical. A special shout out to Fleurs du Soleil for creating such beautiful floral arrangements and to DJ Darion for keeping the party going all night long.


I wish the couple all the happiness in the world as they start their new life together. If you're looking for a wedding photographer who can capture all the unique and memorable moments of your big day, I'd be more than happy to chat and see if we're a good fit.